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Tara

endicott, NY, USA

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  • Ender's Shadow

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Michael Gross
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    In Ender's Game, child-hero Ender Wiggin battles a deadly alien race and wins. Now Card tells the story of Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist and his friend, the only one who was with him in the final battle.

    Randy says: "Excellent book, poor production"
    "Bean is the man."
    Overall

    This is a brilliant character. One would never have imagined such complex workings happening behind the scenes in Ender's game. One wants to know Bean more and more and more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1552)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Not one his better works."
    Overall

    Simplistic, and not as believable as enders game/speaker of the dead/enders shadow. One is hard put to believe the ineptness of the adult leaders of the world in the face of these children...and the sudden and inexplicable rise(s)? of Achilles. The character of Bean, previously more rounded and open to identification, becomes flattened into a guilt stricken mercinary(?!)determined to use the resources of waring nations to further his own aimes. With lines such as 'I prefer to think of myself as a general between armies.' His allegence to Peter as the only alternative to Achilles, is equally unbelievable - a genius would see only two alternatives? Petra makes war plans for Achilles without building in weaknesses because she thinks the war will never come to be? I ended up giving up and going to the last CD. Card is a brilliant writer, who, drunk with or pressured by the successes of game/speaker, may have carried on past the point of personal growth and enjoyment in his writing of this series.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful

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